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Rainbow Outlines Granny Square

Free Crochet Pattern for a Granny Square With Rainbow Outlines

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Crocheted Granny Square With Rainbow Outlines

Crocheted Granny Square With Rainbow Outlines

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Related Resources: How to Join Granny Squares | Free Crochet Granny Square Patterns | Rainbow Patterns | Easy Beginner's Granny Square

Enjoy this free crochet pattern for a granny square with rainbow outlines. This granny square has a wide variety of possible uses. Use it for making afghans, blankets, bedspreads, dishcloths, kitchen accessories, bags, scarves, sweaters, garments, etc.

Skill Level: Easy

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Materials:

Yarn:

The sample shown was worked in worsted weight cotton yarn in 6 different colors:

  • Main Color: Color A - Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Yarn - Cream
  • Accent Color: Color B – Peaches & Crème Yarn - Red
  • Accent Color: Color C – Peaches & Crème Yarn – Sunburst (Orange)
  • Accent Color: Color D – Peaches & Crème Yarn - Yellow
  • Accent Color: Color E - Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Yarn – Hot Green
  • Accent Color: Color F – Peaches & Crème Yarn – Light Blue

You can use your choice of threads, yarns, or fibers. This pattern would be lovely worked in a more resilient yarn such as wool, especially if you plan to use it as an afghan square. If you plan to use it in a project for the kitchen, cotton yarn is a good choice. Feel free to substitute any colors you like. If you're making a small number of squares, you can use scrap yarns for the accent colors; you only need a small amount of each.

Crochet Hooks:

Crochet hook sizes will vary, depending on the threads or yarns you choose. I worked the sample using a size H /8-5.00 mm crochet hook.

Other Supplies Needed:

  • Tapestry needle, for weaving in ends
  • Stitch markers: Optional, but very helpful with this pattern. You can use scrap yarn instead if you prefer.

Gauge:

Granny squares can be worked at any gauge.

Finished Size:

My sample measures about 7.5” square. Finished size will vary depending on the materials used and other factors.

Crochet Instructions:

Design note: In rounds 1-3, work through both loops of sts. In rounds 4 and above, work in the back loops of the sts.

Using color A, ch 6. Sl st to join, forming a ring.

Round 1: Ch. 3, 2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch from foundation loop.

Round 2: Work 3 sl sts in order to move your active loop over to the space formed by the closest set of chain sts. Ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 2, (3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 2) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Work 3 sl sts into the next 3 dc so you can begin working the next round into the corner space.

Round 3: Sc in corner space, sc in next 3 dc sts, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in next 3 dc sts, sc in next corner space, ch 3 for corner. (Sc in same corner space, sc in next 3 dc sts, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, sc in next 3 dc sts, sc in next corner space, ch 3 for corner.) Repeat this sequence all the way around.

Do not cut color A until you've finished working the entire granny square. Leave the yarn attached so that you can pick it up and continue working with it again in later rounds.

The next step is to join color B (color B is red in the sample shown).

I like to join the last round and attach the new color in one step. To do it this way, insert your hook into the first sc in the round, draw up a loop of the new color and pull it through the loop of the old color which is still on the hook. Make sure to leave a long tail of yarn - at least 6 inches - so that you can secure this join by weaving the end in later.

Round 4: Using color B, work 1 sl st through back loop of each stitch, including sc sts and ch sts, all the way around. End off. (52 sl sts worked.)

Round 5: Using color A, work 1 sc into each back loop of the color B sl sts. When you get to the corner, ch 3 and then continue working sc into back loops of color B sl sts. You will have 13 sc sts per side for a total of 52 sc.

Round 6: Use color C yarn (in the sample granny square, color C is orange) to work another round of sl st. (64 sl sts total.)

Round 7: Use color A (cream) for another round of sc st, working 3 chs in each corner. You'll have 16 sc per side, for a total of 64 sc sts all together.

Round 8: Use color D yarn (in the sample, color D is yellow) for another round of sl st. (76 sl sts total.)

Round 9: Use color A (cream) for another round of sc st, working 3 chs in each corner. You'll have 19 sc per side, for a total of 76 sc sts all together.

Round 10: Use color E yarn (in the sample, color E is green) for another round of sl st. (88 sl sts total.)

Round 11: Use color A (cream) for another round of sc st, working 3 chs in each corner. You'll have 22 sc per side, for a total of 88 sc sts all together.

Round 12: Use color F yarn (in the sample, color F is blue) for another round of sl st. (100 sl sts total.)

Round 13: Use color A (cream) for another round of sc st, working 3 chs in each corner. You'll have 25 sc per side, for a total of 100 sc sts all together.

Finishing the Square:

Using a tapestry needle, weave in all the loose ends. If you've used a natural fiber yarn, you may wish to block the completed square. When it is dry, use it in the project of your choice.

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